Early morning shooting leaves 2 dead, 1 injured in Burlington
City police say resources strained by shooting incidents.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Two people are dead and one person is in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after an early morning shooting in Burlington.
It happened at an apartment at 47 North Winooski Avenue.
Acting Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad said they got the call just after 2 a.m. Monday.
He said a 22-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man are dead, and a second 22-year-old woman was taken to the hospital and is seriously injured.
“We believe all persons involved are accounted for,” Murad said, though he did not specify whether the incident only involved those three people.
Murad said police do not believe there is any threat to the public at this time.
A car was towed around the corner on Grant Street. Murad said it is a part of the investigation, but could not say how.
An AR-15 rifle was also recovered and is believed to have been used in the crime.
Murad said with the city’s 17th gunfire incident over the weekend and now hitting 18 by the turn of a new week, their resources are strained.
“It is the 18th; there is a tremendous amount of work that is involved with that,” Murad said. “We are at a real point at which we are really going to have to be turning other cases down. This is a huge amount of work for the men and women in the department.”
Murad says partners at the University of Vermont were able to provide scene security this time.
But Matthew Devoid, who calls North Winooski Ave. home, is reconsidering what his own security means.
“I was sleeping, wake up and find out there was a shooting in front of my house,” he said. “It makes me real nervous, makes me not even want to be right around home considering it was that close.”
Devoid said this is the closest gunfire has come to him personally.
“I think Burlington has gotten worse throughout the years,” he said.
Vermont State Police arrived at the scene shortly before noon to assist, and the investigation continues.
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